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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN 03/20/2012
Rep, Johnson “What judicial consent is required for NSA to intercept communications and information involving American citizens?” General Alexander: Within the United States, that would be the FBI lead,” responded Alexander. “If it were a foreign actor in the United States, the FBI would still have to lead. It could work that with NSA or other intelligence agencies as authorized. But to conduct that kind of collection in the United States it would have to go through a court order, and the court would have to authorize it. We’re not authorized to do it, nor do we do it.
James Bamford
Author and journalist
CSPAN3 04/18/2012
This is a big change, NSA switching to eavesdrop on Americans. It was -- it did that in the Nixon administration. It violated the law back then and violated the law when first created. For 30 years it eavesdropped illegally on U.S. communications until discovered in 1975. So it has a history of eavesdropping illegally on U.S. citizens, and then lying about it.
Eliot Spitzer
Host of Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer
CURRENT 05/07/2012
Spitzer: With me now 3 National Security Agency whistleblowers who’ve all seen their homes raided by the FBI apparently for those efforts. Bill Binney, is an NSA Veteran of nearly 40 years who served as, Technical Director of agency’s World Geo-political and Military Analysis Reporting Group, He resigned from the agency in 2001 over secret domestic surveillance program. Kirk Wiebe is a former NSA Senior Analyst with years of experience in the Agency who along with Bill Binney and 2 others they requested an Defense dept investigation and audit of the NSA.
Eliot Spitzer
Host of Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer
CURRENT 05/07/2012
Spitzer: William Binney, A NSA veteran of nearly 40 years who served a, Technical Director of NSA’s World Geo-political and Military Analysis Reporting Group, He resigned from the agency in 2001 over domestic surveillance program. Kirk Wiebe is a former NSA Senior Analyst with years of experience in the Agency who along with Bill Binney and 2 others they requested an Defense dept investigation and audit of the NSA.
William Binney
NSA whistleblower, NSA Technical Director, 1965-2001
CURRENT 05/07/2012
Binney: To start with I developed the program in NSA to mine massive amounts of data from around the world to detect foreign threats. Then after 9/11 they decided to turn that process that capability against every in the country here, everyone in the united states. And they started by taking commercial data and billing data from AT&T on everyone approximately 320 million calls a day were recorded by this device. That was just the initial participation
William Binney
NSA whistleblower, NSA Technical Director, 1965-2001
CURRENT 05/07/2012
Spitzer: What happened? You raised these claims at a certain point? Binney: I went directly to the intelligence committee, the HPSCI, the House intelligence committee and I even tried to see Chief Justice Rehnquist. Eventually, Kirk and I went to see the DOJ IG’s office. Spitzer: Which parenthetically is what you're supposed to do, when you have concerns of this sort, what you're trained to do. and what happened? Binney: Absolutely nothing. They all rejected it. In fact he only thing that came out was their joint DOJ IG report in 2009 where they
William Binney
NSA whistleblower, NSA Technical Director, 1965-2001
CURRENT 05/07/2012
Binney continued: said you need to have better and more active monitoring of these surveillance programs. So that, but that did absolutely nothing. Spitzer: there was no question in your mind, these were intercepts this was data collection. Violating of the statue, Violating of what the NSA guidelines were. Binney: Absolutely, direct violation of the Constitution, pen register laws whole series of laws Spitzer: Pen Register being the device that permits you to track, what who is calling whom Binney: right. Spitzer: quickly tell me, fast forward, what happened, the FBI came to visit you one day?. Binney: in July of 2007 they came and raided us, yes. Spitzer: when you say raided you what happened? Binney: Well they busted
William Binney
NSA whistleblower, NSA Technical Director, 1965-2001
CURRENT 05/07/2012
Spitzer: The FBI came to visit you one day?. Binney: in July of 2007 they came and raided us, yes. Spitzer: when you say raided you what happened? Binney: They busted in. 10 or 12 of them busted in with guns drawn at my house. Pushed my son. Spitzer: you don't seem to be a terribly dangerous type of person. Binney: In fact, I had been cooperating with the FBI for months because they had been asking me questions about ah . Spitzer: So your complaints triggered them to come down on you like a ton of bricks. Binney: yes, that plus the inspector general DOJ, inspector general’s complaint that we filed.
William Binney
NSA whistleblower, NSA Technical Director, 1965-2001
CURRENT 05/07/2012
Spitzer: Stellarwind. What was it all about? Binney: it was pulling together all the e-mails and all the phone calls and probably other records like banking and so on so you build relationships that would show communities that you worked with, and who you were involved with what whatever you were doing in your daily life. Spitzer: not just phone calls on my blackberry. Kirk, If I go to an ATM machine they know where I’m taking money out, what my credit card is being used for? Kirk Wiebe: absolutely. Any electronic transaction.
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN2 06/10/2012
Q. Will the Utah data center hold the data on American citizens? A. No. While I can’t go into all the details of the Utah data center, we don’t hold data on US citizens. One of the things, from my perspective, I think is grossly misreported is everybody says your gonna grab all the emails and put them down somewhere in the United States. We don’t do that.
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